Kelliann DeCarlo

Audition Season Physical Health

Kelliann DeCarlo

Tis the season where my life only gets more glamorous.

Audition Season is not for the faint of heart. The details of the discipline required to keep your body in peak performance-mode during this time of year is something rarely discussed, rather something just understood. I learned this lesson the hard way when I got sick during a contract in 2017 and it completely changed the way I thought about my body.

Here’s what works for me…

Great health during Audition Season begins from the moment you wake up.

There’s a lot of chatter on the blog-sphere about morning routines. If you’re an actor in the business, having a morning routine that is so on mindlessly and consistently on lockdown will help to set you up for a day full of auditions.

  1. Hydrate. I’ve made a habit of keeping a bottle of water right on my nightstand. The best thing you can do first thing in the morning is replenish your body. Water starts up your metabolism, helps to flush out toxins, and serves as cognitive fuel.

  2. Move. Doing some light movement first thing in the morning is important, especially if you have a day of dance calls ahead of you. If you can afford to squeeze in a workout before an appointment, that’s awesome! If you’re Non-Equity or EMC and you’re lining up outside of a building at 6am to put your name on a list, light movement is less time-consuming and will still get your blood pumping.

    I try to keep it simple, under 12 minutes, and Pilates-based. I enjoy more of a flow in my movements first thing in the morning. I follow-up with some light stretching to assess where I’m feeling especially tight or sore. Think of it as a warm-up for your day.

  3. Phonate. Make some noise. Phonating will help you assess how much you need to warm up that day. I begin by humming and gradually work into ascending and descending sighs.

  4. Fuel. Eat something! This is more tailored to your personal needs. I like a light breakfast, a smoothie, or coffee, but do what works for you!

preventative immune system care builds a foundation for your body to fight off the elements.

Vitamin C, Echinacea, Thieves essential oil, Probiotic

Replenishment after dance calls - amino acids.

Rest and walk yourself.

Hydration - touch lightly on vocal health, but hint at a blog post to come on vocal health.

On off days, sing through your book.

This body is all that I have to carry little old me around; To help me make the audaciously large dreams in my heart come true. Taking care of it is non-negotiable.